Hello everyone, I'd first like to encourage any criticism, advice, ideas, and or funny schisms that anybody would like to add to any of my possibly uninteresting commentary on yielding. It may be a short one. So, yielding. First off, what the hell is yielding? Well, to my detriment, my elementary understanding of what Taiji really is and the idea of using no muscular force (as the venerable Cheng Man Ching so eagerly asked of his students) seems outright unsuitable to real world situations. However, whether elementary or not, through regular tui shou and san shou practice, we can truly see the valuable insight yielding can provide to our lives. But lets narrow this down just a tad, and bring it only into the martial/self defense aspects of yielding and thusly into the idea of using your opponents/enemies force against them. The idea of yielding has it's roots in moving softly into force, if used correctly. What is "moving softly into force", though? Well, what do you do when you're about to get a knuckle sandwich? You cringe, you squeeze, you tighten, you close your eyes, and possibly whine like a baby afterwards. "A feather cannot be placed; A fly annot alight;" Cultivating softness is cultivating the ability to yield, and cultivating this leads to the cultivation of taiji. When properly yielding, you move into the punch, you move inward as they move inward, you step out as they step out.